What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues.

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Meet the esteemed Sorensen alumni who have successfully completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 1

Reported by: Avery Warmack (Woodberry Forest School) & Parker Watts (James River High School)

Today was the first day of the Sorenson Institute's High School Leaders Program. After meeting Ms. Gilbert and the Youth Program Managers who will be assisting her, we moved into our rooms in Bice Hall from noon to 2 p.m. After the sign-in process was complete, Sean and John, two of our Youth Program Managers, took us on a brief tour of UVA's grounds, including our classroom, the Rotunda, and the Corner (the main shopping district near UVA).

HSLP 2017: Day 15

Reported by Kibiriti Majuto (Charlottesville High School)

On this final day of our time here at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, I can’t help but reflect back on the last two weeks. There are vivid images of uncountable visits to the Corner, games of wiffle ball, and last minute scrambling to get the nightly readings done.

HSLP 2017: Day 13

Reported by Carolyn Lemens (Annandale High School)

After a rather alarming early morning fire drill, the class headed back to the College of Nursing for the budget game, not yet aware of the difficulties that were to come.

We walked into the room confident that a budget would be easy to pass; we would simply need to cut unnecessary spending and raise needed revenue. Once we were divided into a house and a senate group, we quickly realized that things were not so simple.

HSLP 2017: Day 11

Reported by: Pari Kapila (Douglas S. Freeman High School)

Compared to other days at the HSLP, this day definitely felt like a slight break, as we were able to spend the morning working in our policy groups. Even though we’re starting to feel the weight of our policy projects on our shoulders, we had a calm, productive start to our day. Everyone was working hard on their policy proposals in order to reach the 10 p.m. deadline for the proposals' first draft. It was amazing to really see all of our work finally come together.